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Girlfriend proposes to partner in adorable viral video

Ella Braidwood April 9, 2019
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Couple Ruth Wilkins and Leo Rogers

(Courtesy of Leo Rogers)

A queer couple has gone viral after they posted a video about their surprise engagement.

Leo Rogers, 22, posted on Twitter explaining how their partner Ruth Wilkins, 23, surprised them by proposing as they had dinner with friends at the Slug & Lettuce in Swansea, Wales.

Rogers, who identifies as non-binary trans masculine, had been planning to propose to Wilkins on her birthday at the restaurant—but their girlfriend got there first.

“So I threw my girlfriend a surprise birthday meal tonight and she surprised me right back by proposing to me…” wrote Rogers in the caption for the video, which was uploaded on April 4.

A queer couple, who are now engaged
Leo Rogers (left) and Ruth Wilkins. (Courtesy of Leo Rogers)

The heartwarming video shows the moment Wilkins proposes to Rogers, alongside their friends’ overjoyed reaction.

Speaking to PinkNews, Rogers explained that they met Wilkins at a Dodie concert in 2017 and have been together ever since.

Queer couple met at Dodie concert in 2017

“The proposal was a double surprise!” explained Rogers.

“She had been planning to propose since February but was waiting for the right time, and I’d suggested going out to dinner at a local restaurant for her birthday.

“I was secretly planning it to be a surprise with around 20 of her friends and unknown to me she was planning to propose on the night!

“She was completely surprised and after we’d had dessert she pulled out the ring and got down on one knee!”

“We want to send the message that love has no gender or boundaries and that queer love is so important to be shown in the media.”

—Leo Rodgers

The video has so far been viewed more than 60,000 times.

“Queer love is so important,” say couple

Rogers is also using the video to raise awareness of their GoFundMe page to help them raise money for their transition.

Rogers said that the response to the video had been “amazing.”

Engagement ring for couple with surprise engagement
The ring. (Courtesy of Leo Rodgers)

They added: “We’ve had so many people sending love and congratulations.

“A lot of people are also identifying with our friend who is crying in the video!

“We want to send the message that love has no gender or boundaries and that queer love is so important to be shown in the media.”

Related topics: queer love, viral video

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